Like most parents I find dinner sometimes complicated to plan, even if I am using my Crock-Pot to get ahead of the game. Sometimes I just don’t have time to find 15 ingredients, or cook meat ahead of time, or chop veggies (okay it’s pretty hard to get out of chopping any veggies at all, but I still make it easy on myself)!
We got invited by Crock-Pot (yes THAT Crock-Pot) to join in a recipe contest. They send a brand new 6 Qt. Crock-Pot and a variety of their brand new, barely out in the stores, Crock-Pot Mixes, and we make a recipe from one of those mixes. So I excitedly waited for my new Crock-Pot to come and it was worth the wait! I already have 3 Crock-Pots but none of them are programmable (in fact one of them I can’t even put in the dishwasher, so it got designated to go hang in the basement). I was quite excited to try the new one out. The stoneware crock and lid are dishwasher safe, which automatically makes me happy! The programming is very easy to understand and it worked great. Basically if your going to cook for 8 hours, you push the select button until the light is showing on 8 hours. What is nice, is that instead of my ordinary Crock-Pots that then continue to keep cooking on low until I come and turn it off, this one then moves to warm and stops cooking it after those 8 hours, yet keeps the food warm. I am very prone to forgetting to check the Crock after so many hours, so for something to stop it from scorching and just keep it warm until we are ready to eat is fabulous! Not only will this work out great for dinner time, frankly if you put a dish together the night before, for breakfast, it will be fabulously warm in the morning, but not burned. You have 5 choices to choose from: 4 hours, 6 hours (high), 8 hours, 10 hours (low) and warm. Once the designated time is over, it moves the heat temperature to warm. This also means, if your unsure if your dish will be done after 8 hours, it would be best to put it at 10 and check on it when you can.
Now for the mixes, I was sent all 6 which included: Savory Herb Chicken, Hearty Beef Stew, Original Chili, Savory Pot Roast, BBQ Pulled Pork, and Beef Stroganoff. I choose to make a recipe using the Savory Herb Chicken seasoning mix, as it was a bit more unique for what we have done here at Crock Pot Ladies vs Pulled Pork or Chili. The nice thing with Seasoning mixes is it’s easy to know how much seasonings one should use, and dried seasonings actually work better in Crock-Pots when placed with the rest of the ingredients. Fresh herbs work better when you place them within a short time of serving. Since this dish is made in layers, dried herbs will work much better. The dish was easy to put together, and we found it very delicious. We ate it all up within 2 days, which is pretty good for my little ones. I can’t wait to try out the rest of the mixes!
Crock-Pot is having a contest here. I have entered the contest with my recipe adapting their Savory Herb Chicken Seasoning Mix. You are also invited to share your recipe as well! The contest is for a Year of Free Groceries! Now who couldn’t use that? If you go to their website here, you can print out a coupon for the mixes as well. Crock-Pot happened to send me 3 coupons that are for a completely free seasoning mix, at your local store (currently at Walmart, Kmart, Kroger and Food Lion), if you leave a comment here on the blog either telling us which seasoning mix you want to purchase with your free coupon, or tell us how much you like your programmable Crock-Pot you will be in the running for one of the three coupons. Please enter by Monday at noon CST here on the blog. The contest deadline for entering is Monday October 21st so get cooking!